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Police foil California school shooting plot

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 00:52

South Pasadena's police chief says his department has disrupted ''a huge plan of a school massacre.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Police in the Los Angeles suburb of South Pasadena said on Tuesday (August 19) they had arrested two teenagers who were conspiring to kill several staffers and as many fellow students as possible at their high school. "Last Thursday, August 14, the South Pasadena Police Department was notified by the high school staff that they had received information about a possible threat to the school that a shooting was going to occur there," South Pasadena Police Chief Art Miller told reporters. Detectives arrested the two students after serving search warrants at each of their homes, the South Pasadena Police Department said in a statement posted online Monday. Miller said detectives had discovered enough evidence to warrant the arrests, citing research in weaponry, tactical elements in being an aggressor and more. "What we learned through social media we had our detectives do some internet surveillance of the suspects that were arrested and found that in our opinion that it was very viable what they were plotting. That they were making a huge, a huge plan of a school massacre that identified three staff members at the school by name that they were targeting along with some random students as they called it. They just wanted to, as they put it, they just wanted to kill as many people as possible," Miller said, describing the male subjects as 16 and 17 years old and steadfast in their plans. One of the youths was detained without incident, while the second student "resisted arrest and officers had to force entry into his residence," police said in the statement. The suspects have not been identified. Just over 1,500 students are currently enrolled at South Pasadena High School, according to its website. News of the two arrests in Southern California came three weeks after a judge in Minnesota dismissed attempted murder and property damage charges brought against a teenager there who was accused of planning a shooting and bomb attack on his high school. Prosecutors said they planned to appeal that ruling.

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Police foil California school shooting plot

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 00:52